Hi there! I did it – I got my act together! Today’s featured quilter is Erin. Erin blogs at Why Not Sew? Quilts, and was kind enough to answer my questions! I hope you enjoy getting to know Erin better –
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in 2002 when my father was diagnosed with colon cancer. I bought a book called Learning to Quilt a beginners guide by Lori Yetmar Smith. I put my first quilt together that summer. It was a mess. I designed a second quilt and I sat and hand quilted it while my father, who was then living with us, had his chemotherapy treatments. I’d also sit with him in the evening watching television and talking while I hand quilted this quilt. At this point I only used scissors and templates. I did not yet own a rotary cutter and mat. When I finally started using these 2 tools my quilting life changed forever!
2. Why do you quilt?
I wish I had a wonderfully unique answer for this question. I quilt simply because I love it! I can not imagine my life without quilting. I don’t think there is a perfectly logical explanation for being a quilter. I mean we take perfectly good fabric, cut it into pieces and sew it back together. But I get so happy when I sew. Down right giddy. I think that is how most people who create something with their hands feels. I hope they do anyway!
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip is to HAVE FUN! I know that is not really a technical tip. But I am just so happy the rules of quilting have changed and you can create the things that you love and are happy and beautiful. The perfectionist in me has a very hard time remembering this. Finding the balance between fun, beauty, skill and technique is a fine line. Not everyone will like what you make but if you do then that is what counts.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration for the Quilt Festival quilt came from wanting to incorporate bits and pieces of my life into these little bird quilts I have been making. Quilting is my passion! I had to incorporate a quilt on a line. I love clotheslines and try to take most of my quilt pictures on my clothesline.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do sew other things. I make dolls and doll clothes. I sew dresses and skirts for my girls. I’ve also made diaper bags, purses and things like that. I have to do the “not fun sewing” as well which is mending, hemming, etc.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m just really grateful for all of the relationships I’ve made through quilting. Particularly quilt blogs and our ever growing on-line quilt community. I have learned so much and I am in awe of the talent that is out there. I’d like to thank you, Amy, for helping to bring all of us together.
Thank you Erin for sharing your quilts! I love this community too, and I’m so thankful for the friends in my life, near and far.
Have a great weekend everyone –